Nine people were arrested after detectives served search warrants on 10 massage parlors and residences throughout King and Snohomish counties Thursday, officials said.
An investigation began three months ago after Burien residents submitted complaints over activity at massage parlors in the city, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives determined employees were engaging in acts of prostitution, the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.
Burien police Chief Scott Kimerer said the operation was part of the departments’ commitment to those who “are repeatedly exploited by human traffickers,” the sheriff’s office said. Many of the workers had excessive fees levied against them for rent and other charges, which kept them from ever getting out of debt, the release said.
Three of the nine people arrested were booked into jail on suspicion of promoting prostitution. Five of the businesses searched were in Burien; the business’ licenses will be revoked. The other business and four residences were in Seattle, Kent, unincorporated King County and Snohomish County.